Kent State Office of Global Educaiton
Featured Events
Still making plans for Fall Break? Travel and explore with OGE!
2018 is the first year of Fall Break at Kent State University. We hope you'll take this time to recharge, catch up, relax, and explore with other international students and the Office of Global Education. We're offering three day-trips during Fall Break. We hope you can join us for one - or all - of them!

Registration for these events is separate; join us for one - or all! For more details, check out the hyperlinks below. Register for events here.

If you're still interested in joining us for a trip to Washington, DC this year, keep your calendar open - we'll be heading to the US Capitol during spring break! Questions? Contact Angelia Zielke.
ISSS Updates
Curricular Practical Training (CPT)
Any time an F-1 student wants to work or volunteer off campus in a capacity related to his or her academic major, it is important to always get authorization before starting any employment. When a student is currently studying, the way to do that is by applying for Curricular Practical Training (CPT) . A student is eligible for CPT if:
  • He or she is in valid F-1 status at the time of application and has been in full-time status on the same SEVIS record for one academic year at the same educational level (Bachelor's, Master's, or Doctoral) preceding the CPT application.
  • The student abides by all rules surrounding full-time course registration while on CPT. Full-time CPT authorization is comparable to a full course of study if it is required by their program.
  • The CPT experience is either:
  • Satisfying a program requirement placed on all students, or
  • Optional, meaning the student will register for coursework in their program of study in the concurrent term to represent the CPT experience (example: an internship or independent study credit).
No matter if the work is voluntary or paid, the student must BE APPROVED for CPT before they can begin working.

Registration and Reduced Course Loads (RCL)
In order to maintain your F-1 status, you need to be registered for a full-time course registration. Each level and the number of credits required are below.
  • English as a Second Language : 17 credit hours
  • Undergraduate/Bachelor Level : 12 credit hours and at least 9 of those are in-person or traditional courses, not online
  • Graduate/Master/Doctoral Level : 8 credit hours and only one course can be online
There are some cases where a student does not require a full-time course load. Our Reduced Course Load (RCL) webpage explains the different scenarios where students may qualify. Some common ones include final semester before graduation, thesis/dissertation coursework, or medical issues. Review our guide to learn more, but make sure to apply for an RCL BEFORE falling below full-time registration because it can affect your immigration status negatively . If you have questions about your registration or RCLs, please speak with an ISSS Advisor this week via email or Walk-In Advising.
Flashline Updates: Phone/Address
Did you know that you have to update your address and phone number within 10 calendar days of the change in order to maintain your immigration status? In order to update the changes, please log into flashline and update your "Local Address." For specific steps, please use our " Local Address and Telephone Update" guide to assist you.
Psychological  Services
Psychological Services University Health Services offers a number of free workshops to students who are enrolled at Kent State University. Everyone is welcome and no registration or appointments are needed.
  • E2: Embracing Emotions looks at emotional awareness and acceptance, using emotion to heal, and using emotion in relationships. Sessions are on Mondays from 4-5 pm.
  • The Art of Coping: Building Emotional Resilience discusses overcoming challenges, compassionate self-talk, and setting realistic expectations. It is held Tuesdays from 4-5 pm.
  • Conquering Anxiety: Manage Stress of Everyday Life talks about coping skills/tools, stress management, and mindfulness. It is on Wednesdays from 4-5 pm.
All of these workshops are located in the DeWeese Health Center in Conference Room C on the 2nd floor. One other workshop is the Empowering Students in Recovery and talks about safe and confidential substance use recovery and support. It is held on Thursdays 6-7:30 pm in Conference Room A on the lower level.
For more information, you can reach out via phone at 330-672-2487.
International Cook-Off
November 15 | 6-8:30 pm
KSC Ballroom
Showcase the foods and culture of your home country! Do you love to cook? Does your passion lie within the culinary arts? Are you a "foodie who loves to explore the tastes of the cuisines of far distant lands? On November 15, six teams will compete for the title of International Cook-Off Champion - it's not too early to put together your cooking team and get ready to compete in Kent State's 10th annual International Cook-Off.

Registration is currently open; the deadline to register is October 15th. Each team must consist of 4-6 Kent State University students. Think you're ready to register? Make sure you have:
  • A team captain;
  • The names and email addresses of all team members;
  • Two recipes: an entree and a non-alcoholic beverage;
  • The name of your recipes (with country and region);
  • The recipe preparation instructions
Teams recipes will be reviewed and six teams will be chosen by a panel of expert judges. The teams will be notified of selection by October 22nd.

ISSS Advising Hours for Fall 2018
Exciting change for 2018

You asked for it, and you got it! More time with your ISSS Advisors and less time waiting in the lobby. We now have appointments available 4 days a week to ensure students are able to meet with advisors as needed. We have Walk-In Wednesdays for those quick questions and appointments for all your other needs. Appointments can be scheduled  here .

Walk-In Advising 
9:00 am to 11:30 am  
Last sign in at 11:00
1:30 pm to 4:00 pm
Last sign in at 3:45 
Call-In Advising 
9:00 to 11:30 am
1:30 pm to 4:00 pm
9:00 to 11:30 am
No advising 
1:30 pm to 4:00 pm

Contact Us: 
Phone: 1-330-672-7980 
Campus Location: Van Campen Hall 
Address: 106 Van Campen Hall, 625 Loop Road, Kent, OH 44242-0001 
106 Van Campen Hall
Plan Ahead
October 11-12 | Fall Break
November 12-16 | International Education Week

International Student News
September 26, 2018  |  Week 5
International Student Showcase: Meet Ahmad Jawid Daudza
Ahmad Jawid Daudza is a master's student of Evaluation and Measurement. He is from Kabul in Afghanistan and came to Kent last fall on a scholarship through Fulbright. Kent State offered the best program for his studies, so he decided that he would come to Kent State for his P.H.D. Jawid already completed a master's program in Sweden for two years but when coming to Kent, he found out that their P.H.D. program was five years long. For him, this would be too much time away from his family. So, he decided to just complete another master's degree in order to return back to Afghanistan sooner.

Jawid originally studied medicine, and he was a doctor in a private hospital for two years after he graduated. During his time as a doctor, he felt that his education was not comprehensive enough, and he wanted to make sure that other students could receive a better education. This is why he went back to school and completed his masters in Sweden. When he came back from Sweden, he joined  Japan International Cooperation Agency ( JICA), which is an organization that helps to improve and implement a better education system in Afghanistan. He had a good job in the ministry of education and even owns his own private school! 

Jawid's school is coed and has about 1,200 students. He is very proud of his private school and what it has helped him achieve. He would not have been able to come to the U.S. if it was not for this school. He explained that he has five kids back home and is very thankful and proud of all of them. The private school helps support his family while he is here studying.

When Jawid decided he wanted to complete his P.H.D., he applied to become a Fulbright scholar and was accepted into the program. One of the biggest challenges in his life was leaving his family and his great job in Afghanistan in order to study here at Kent. He didn't get discouraged though; he knows that what he is doing is for the better. When he goes back home, he will be able to help improve the higher education system to a greater extent.

Afghanistan is a country in the heart of Asia with more than 30 million people. They speak two languages officially: Pashto and Dari. Jawid explained that the country has been experiencing warfare for four to five decades, but he really hopes that they will have a stable country again soon.

Jawid will graduate in December and with his research and efforts in improving higher education, he wants to return to work in the ministry of education. In five to ten years he hopes to become the president of the ministry and continue to work with JICA.

If you would like to be showcased, keep reading for more details.
We Want to Hear from YOU!
Starting this fall, we want to showcase you in our newsletter! Each week, one international student will be chosen to be interviewed and highlighted in our newsletter. Topics of interest include your home country, major, student involvement around campus, advice, and more!

If you are interested in being showcased, please contact Olivia Albrecht at with "International Student Profile" in the subject line.
Calling All Poets!

The Wick Poetry Center's annual World Poetry Reading is a looking for a few more international student participants to read a poem of their choosing in English and their native language. This event has become one of our most popular and well-attended events each year, due in part to the ability of poetry to tap into shared language and experience. The World Poetry Reading is a one of a kind showcase and uniquely Kent State. The Reading will be on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 in Room 120, CAED (College of Architecture and Environmental Design). If you are interested, please reach out to Györgyi Mihályi-Jewell at !
Upcoming Events
dineSeptember 27 | Fall Sign & Dine
106, VCH | 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm
Are you leaving the United States during Fall Break? Come to our Sign & Dine event to get your travel signature, eat some snacks, and take some goofy pictures in preparation for your fun trip ahead!

We will be in the Office of Global Education (VCH 106) from 1:30 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, September 27th.  Once your I-20 or DS-2019 is signed, you are free to travel the world. Hope to see you there!

Don't forget! If your visa is expired or will expire during your travels, you will need to renew it before reentering the United States.
October 5 | Dialogue with Ramesh Rajasingham, '85, MA '86
KSC, Room 310 | 10:00 am to 11:00 am
Ramesh Rajasingham will share his wide breadth of experiences in the field of humanitarian affairs with the United Nations and UNICEF. Mr. Rajasingham is currently responsible for coordinating the Cross-Border Humanitarian Assistance from Turkey for vulnerable populations inside Syria. The operation includes agencies of the United Nations and over 200 of international, Syrian and Turkish NGOs.

Register now!  Registration deadline is September 28.
October 5 | International Homecoming
KSC Ballroom Balcony | 6:00 pm
This will be an exclusive opportunity for international alumni to reconnect while enjoying light appetizers and a cash bar before the big event begins.

Following the pre-event reception, enjoy the Fourth Annual International Homecoming Celebration with fellow alumni and the Kent State community!  International Homecoming Celebration typically attracts more than 1,000 guests and is open to all current students, faculty, staff and alumni.

Register now!  Registration deadline is September 28.
October 6 | Homecoming
On the weekend of October 6th, KSU  will be hostingthe  annual Kent State Homecoming. This spirited tradition includes a parade through downtown, the Bowman 5K r ace, and th e Homecoming football game. Homecoming is an event where universities or schools invite their alumni to come back to their alma mater to enjoy in the festivities surrounding a football game. The celebrations start with the Bowman 5K at 8 a.m. and then continue with the parade which starts at 10 a.m. The last event is the football game at 3:30 against the Ohio University Bobcats at Dix Stadium.

fallsOctober 11 | Niagara Falls Day Trip
Niagara Falls | 6:30 am to 12:30 am
On Thursday, October 11 , we'll travel to Niagara Falls, NY  to see the USA side of Niagara Falls! The trip will include motor coach transportation, entrance to Niagara Falls State Park, and a Niagara Falls USA Discovery Pass.

orchardOctober 13 | Stotler's Orchard
Stotler's Orchard | 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm
The autumn season in the Midwest is marked by crisp morning air, trees whose leaves change from green to orange and red, and fall harvests. On Saturday, October 13 , we'll travel to Stotler's Orchard  for delicious apple treats and to pick apples directly from the tree. Over 100 varieties of apples grow in northeast Ohio, and they're all delicious!

Make fall break plans now to join the Office of Global Education and other international students for a fun afternoon of apple picking, apple cider, and apple donuts! 

halloweekendOctober 14 | HalloWeekend
Cedar Point | 8:30 am to 10:30 pm
On Sunday, October 14 , get ready for thrills and chills as we travel to Sandusky, OH for HalloWeekend at Cedar Point ! In addition to world-class roller coasters, Cedar Point celebrates Halloween with funhouses, trivia games, a parade, a hay bale maze, and a lot of spooky spirit.

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